Iraqi military aircraft have carried out two separate airstrikes against members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr as the Baghdad government has pledged to continue airstrikes on the positions and headquarters of the extremists in the neighboring war-battered country.
The media bureau of Iraq’s Joint Operations Command (JOC) said in a statement that the fighter jets targeted a meeting of Daesh Takfiris in al-Susah town, which lies in Abu Kamal district of the province, leaving 30 terrorists dead.
Another air raid destroyed a militant hideout in the same Syrian town, killing 14 Daesh terrorists.
Iraqi authorities have on occasions stated that they work closely with the Syrian government to monitor and target terrorist targets based on the efforts of intelligence and information departments of the security coordination committee formed between Baghdad, Damascus, Tehran and Moscow years ago, as well as coordination with the so-called US-led anti-Daesh coalition.
“If we perform a strike, we will coordinate with the international coalition, the joint security center and all the relevant parties. As we work together, we follow the principle of partnership to ensure safety and harmony between allies,” former Iraqi Ministry of Defense spokesman Tahseen al-Khafaji said in April.
Iraqi forces uncover Daesh tunnels in Nineveh desert area
Meanwhile, Iraqi security forces have discovered seven long tunnels used by members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group during a clean-up operation in the country’s northern province of Nineveh.
Brigadier General Yahya Rasoul, spokesman for the JOC, said police forces found the tunnels in the small Shaikh Ibrahim desert town, which lies in Tel Afar district of the province, and roughly 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Mosul.
Former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi declared the end of military operations against Daesh in the Arab country on December 9, 2017.
On July 10 that year, he had formally declared victory over Daesh in Mosul, which served as the terrorists’ main urban stronghold in Iraq.
In the run-up to Mosul’s liberation, Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer Hashd al-Sha’abi fighters had made sweeping gains against Daesh.
Iraqi forces took control of eastern Mosul in January 2017 after 100 days of fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19 last year.
Daesh began a terror campaign in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast swathes in lightning attacks.